Months ago when the first announcement of this sew-along was announced, my husband was commenting on how much he liked the quilt. I thought that it was pretty also, but didn’t really want to make it in the grunge fabrics.
I kept looking and decided that I would make it in Sweet 16 by Laundry Basket Quilts. I know I am quite behind on making blocks, but I ordered the fabric late, and then miscalculated the amount needed and had to order more fabric. I didn’t really want to start until I made sure I had enough fabric to complete the project.
When I signed up for Summer Moon, I will be honest, I loved the colors and knew it was a block of the month, but I was in a quilting slump that had been going on pretty much since we moved back to Texas 6 years ago. First it was school kept me busy for the first 2 1/2 years and then it was establishing myself in my new career. Then it was that I just didn’t have the will to go into the sewing room much. I still bought fabrics and kits, but nothing sang to my soul. Until I recieved the book and the first installment of fabrics.
This quilt sings to me on so many levels. The colors ar my favorite colors, lime and teal and pinks. Thank you Its Sew Emma and Carrie Nelson for this amazing project!
Because I can never make a pattern exactly as the directions say and have to make it my own, I changed a few things. I decided to make this a king sized quilt. I first thought, “oh I only need a few more blocks” and since The fat Quarter shop is amazingly generous with fabrics in kits, I felt I will be good. Then I realized that the blocks were actually smaller than I thought and my math was wrong. I actually needed a LOT more blocks. In fact I needed over twice the amount of blocks that the BOM kit would make.
I decided that I needed 13 x 13 blocks. If I doubled the blocks, making two each size, that would only get me 144, and I needed 169 blocks. So I needed 25 more blocks. I decided to make 3 more types of blocks to give it more variety. I also needed to not reinvent something and stick with established sizes. Broken dishes fit the bill.
I have attached the screen shot of the guide I used to make the block in the 3 sizes of Summer Moon. The is no real directions as the individual units are pretty straightforward.
The Fat Quarter Shop is hosting a quilt along for the month of July. I have been seeing photos of the blocks all over and just had to join in. A new block is given each Tuesday for five weeks. This week block 3 was released.
When I decided to join in, I tried to figure out the perfect fabric line to use. I purchased a couple of different fabric lines, but none really felt right for me. I found alayer cake in an older line of fabric from Sandy Gervais – Merry Medly in my stash. I also decided to use the creams in the layer cake as backgrounds instead of using one consistent one.
For block 1, it had the most background fabric, so I chose the cream that had two squares of fabric. L
For block 2, I decided to fussy-cut the center square. I miss-judged the amount of background fabric needed and figured I would use these two.
For block 3, I did more fussy-cutting. I fussy-cut the center square, walls, and the background. I used the musical fabric to represent siding, the polka-dot fabrics to represent snow on the roof, and the background represents snow flurries .
I am looking forward to the next block reveal on Tuesday.